BOSTON (AP) - A mysteriously pregnant anteater, a farmer who feeds beer to his turkeys and a man charged with disorderly conduct for whistling loudly as he strolled around town were among the more unusual stories that made headlines in New England in 2013. Here's a look at some of the odd things that happened in the past year:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The U.S. Department of Transportation ordered a Los Angeles-based bus company to cease operations after federal safety investigators said they discovered its vehicles were allowed on the road with serious safety defects and its drivers were not regularly screened for drug and alcohol use.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area air quality officials are prohibiting the use of wood-burning fireplaces for another day after determining the region's air is unhealthy.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The Oakland A's years-long quest for a new home is really a tale of three cities.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - December has been one of the driest months in one of the driest years ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.
CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California church nativity scene is featuring a bloody Trayvon Martin in place of the infant Jesus in an effort to stir a community conversation about gun violence.
OAKLAND (AP) - The family of a California girl declared brain dead after complications from tonsil surgery was running out of time Sunday to find a new facility to take her in and keep her on a ventilator.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The state program that provides homeowners with financial assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their older homes is off to a slow start.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - As California's economy recovers, the Democrats who control the state Legislature put a priority on assisting more vulnerable workers with some of the laws taking effect in the new year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A state audit revealed that one in four GPS devices used to track criminals released in Los Angeles County doesn't work properly, allowing dangerous felons to sometimes roam freely for days at a time, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.
MISSION VIEJO AP) - Authorities say a car has crashed into the front of a Southern California home, killing a man inside his bed before dawn.
OAKLAND (AP) - A San Francisco Bay Area nursing home that had agreed to provide long-term care for a 13-year-old Oakland girl declared brain dead has backed out.
SAN DIEGO SUED OVER STINKY SEA LION WASTE: SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego's La Jolla Cove stinks, and the culprit is sea lion poop.
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service has submitted a plan to harvest salvage timber from nearly 47 square miles of Stanislaus National Forest that was scorched by the Rim Fire, a proposal opposed by some environmental groups.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - With its first major deadline in the past, California's health insurance exchange is urging the thousands of people who enrolled for coverage to take the next step and pay for it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A rising share of Hispanics in the United States speak proficient English and the percentage of those speaking Spanish at home has been declining, researchers said Tuesday.
SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose businesses and residents will soon have to restrict their water use or face fines, as the city becomes one of the largest in the state to impose strict water-use limits amid California's ongoing drought.
SANTA BARBARA (AP) - A Southern California surfer has learned the hard way not to come between a momma gray whale and her baby.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says three people died when a driver going the wrong-way on a Sacramento highway slammed into another vehicle.
LIVERMORE (AP) - Lanor Smith of Livermore and Heather Downey of Australia have finally met face-to-face after almost 40 years of only communicating through letters, phone calls, emails and Facebook messages.
SANTA ANA (AP) - A Florida man awaiting trial for allegedly strangling his ex-wife and tossing her overboard during a Mediterranean cruise tried to hire two inmates to kill another ex-wife, prosecutors in California said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.
STOCKTON (AP) - A frightened 4-year-old boy escaped with cuts and scrapes after he got out of his car seat and jumped from a moving car during a carjacking, police said Monday.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The compact city that inspired ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft is offering a new way to get to work: fancy $6 big-bus rides with spacious seating, free Wi-Fi and attendants who deliver snacks.
13-YEAR-OLD CRASHES, DIES DURING DRIVING LESSON: WOODLAND (AP) - The California Highway Patrol says a 13-year-old boy receiving a driving lesson from his father was killed when the vehicle struck a drainage ditch.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - They don't stand on snobbishness when it comes to making wine at Washington State University.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Lawmakers expect Gov. Jerry Brown to suggest spending more tax dollars on public schools and community colleges while asking for more money to be set aside for a rainy day when he releases his updated budget this week.
REDDING (AP) - A new Crystal Geyser Water Co. plant opening at the foot of Mount Shasta is adding to criticism of companies that are bottling water in California's drought.
CORONADO - Technology has changed the world significantly and quickly in recent years but the state and national governments are unable to adapt to the ramifications of this revolution, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom told a gathering of California newspaper executives Friday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - In California's second-largest city, memories are still fresh of a devastating drought 25 years ago that saw the area's water supplies slashed by about a third.